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KINGWOOD, Texas -- Katy Hayes, the quadruple amputee who was treated at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas for three-and-a-half months, is finally back at her home in Kingwood.

Hayes battled a flesh-eating bacteria for months after giving birth to a baby girl. Her husband, Al, had to make the agonizing decision for surgeons to amputate her arms and legs in order to save her life.

The Hayes have three children, ages 16, six, and three months.

I don't know how I'm going to do everything, Katy said in a recent interview. I'm going to have to buy me some good arms and legs. I was a massage therapist, and all my clients are wishing I could come back and work on them. So I'm working on it.

In the meantime, the new mother is now learning to live life without limbs.

I'm unable to turn over. And my baby's got me beat! She's turning over, she said. I can scratch my face. I can't do anything. He's doing everything for me.

The 41-year-old relies on her husband and relatives for help eating, nine prescriptions to heal and donors for prosthetics.

Hayes' extraordinary spirit has prompted an outpouring of good will.

What tugged at my heart was when she said she couldn't hold the baby, said Paula Marchisio, who is herself an amputee. I called Ted up and said, 'We need to help Katy out.'

Marchisio convinced her boss, who makes prosthetics, to donate new arms and legs. Artificial limbs would otherwise cost the Hayes tens of thousands of dollars.

Once I get a hand maybe I'll be --wooo! Computer and writing,' Hayes said. I'm right handed and they're giving me a lefty. So this is going to be weird.

Despite an uncertain future, Hayes said her husband made the right life saving decision, while she was unconscious, to amputate.

I have some friends that actually told him to let me go, which really upsets me now, Hayes said. But I'm alive! I'm able to hold my baby. These things can be replaced.

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